Chiefs-Chargers each without defensive stars Berry, Bosa

The Los Angeles Chargers will replace defensive end Joey Bosa with second-year player Isaac Rochell, while the Kansas City Chiefs will be without one of their defensive stars in safety Eric Berry.

Bosa already had been listed as out for Sunday’s season opener after reinjuring his foot Wednesday and wearing a walking boot Friday. Rochell was limited in three games last year. Berry had been doubtful with a sore heel, and he is being replaced by Eric Murray who is getting his third career start with the first two coming last season.

Rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson backed up veteran Joe Flacco in Baltimore with Robert Griffin III inactive for the Ravens’ opener with the Buffalo Bills. Now the question is whether the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner gets on the field.

This is the first time Ravens coach John Harbaugh has kept three quarterbacks on his opening day roster since 2009, and the coach turned to Jackson with his running skills as a change-up option against Buffalo over Griffin with his 42 games of NFL experience.

For Buffalo, cornerback Vontae Davis is inactive after struggling through the preseason. But Davis was signed to be the starter, making him starting the season on the sideline a surprise.

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck made his first start in more than 20 months without either of his projected starting tackles or his starting running back. Joe Haeg, who started the most at right tackle for Indy last season, will start at left tackle for Anthony Castonzo (hamstring). Veteran J’Marcus Webb, signed during training camp, will start at right tackle in place of Denzelle Good (knee/wrist).

Rookie Jordan Wilkins, a fifth-round pick, replaces running back Marlon Mack in his NFL debut for Indianapolis.

Austin Corbett, the 33rd overall pick in this year’s draft, is inactive for the Cleveland Browns against Pittsburgh after losing his job as left guard earlier this week. Corbett started all four preseason games, then Cleveland decided to move Joel Bitonio back to left guard and start undrafted rookie Desmond Harrison at left tackle.

In Miami, Brock Osweiler is the backup quarterback against the Titans with the Dolphins scratching a pair of quarterbacks, including rookie Luke Falk, who was claimed off waivers from Tennessee a week ago.

With Olivier Vernon out with an ankle injury, the Giants started rookie Lorenzo Carter out of Georgia at linebacker.

Josh LeRibeus is starting in place of New Orleans guard Andrus Peat, who missed a practice (quadriceps) and then was limited when he returned. Wide receiver Cameron Meredith, one of the Saints’ top free agent signees, had hoped to play after missing the 2017 season with knee surgery. But Meredith is inactive. Tampa Bay cornerback Brent Grimes is out with a groin injury after being doubtful for the opener.

Inactives for Sunday’s games:

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DALLAS-CAROLINA

Cowboys: QB Mike White, TE Rico Gathers, S Xavier Woods, DT Datone Jones, LB Chris Covington, C Adam Redmon, C Travis Frederick.

Panthers: RB Cameron Artis-Payne, WR Curtis Samuel, CB Lorenzo Doss, DE Marquis Haynes, DE Efe Obada, G Brendan Mahon, LB Andre Smith.

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SEATTLE-DENVER

Seahawks: SS Shalom Luani, RB Mike Davis, LB K.J. Wright, G Jordan Simmons, G D.J. Fluker, DT Nazair Jones, DT Poona Ford.

Broncos: QB Kevin Hogan, WR Isaiah McKenzie, CB Isaac Yiadom, ILB Alexander Johnson, DE DeMarcus Walker ,T Elijah Wilkinson, G Sam Jones.

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WASHIGNTON-ARIZONA

Redskins: WR Maurice Harris, RB Samaje Perine, CB Adonis Alexander, LB Josh Keyes, C Casey Dunn, OL Geron Christian Sr., DL Caleb Brantley.

Cardinals: QB Mike Glennon, RB T.J. Logan, CB Deatrick Nichols, DE Markus Golden, OL Jeremy Vujnovich, OL Korey Cunningham, TE Jermaine Gresham.

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KANSAS CITY-LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

Chiefs: S Eric Berry, RB Darrel Williams, CB Charvarius Ward, OL Austin Reiter, OL Kahlil McKenzie, OL Ike Boettger, DL Justin Hamilton.

Chargers: WR Geremy Davis, CB Brandon Facyson, LB Emmanuel Ellerbee, OL Scott Quessenberry, OL Forrest Lamp, DL TY McGill, DE Joey Bosa.

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BUFFALO-BALTIMORE

Bills: WR Ray-Ray McCloud III, CB Vontae Davis, CB Ryan Lewis, LB Julian Stanford, T Conor McDermott, G Wyatt Teller, TE Khari Lee.

Ravens: Griffin III, WR Jordan Lasley, TE Hayden Hurst, OL Jermaine Eluemunor, DT Willie Henry, DT Zach Sieler, CB Darious Williams.

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PITTSBURGH-CLEVELAND

Steelers: QB Mason Rudolph, CB Coty Sensabaugh, S Marcus Allen, OT Matt Feiler, OT Zach Banner, TE Vance McDonald, DE L.T. Walton.

Browns: QB Drew Stanton, WR Damion Ratley, DB E.J. Gaines, LB James Burgess Jr., OL Austin Corbett, DL Ifeadi Odenigbo, DL Anthony Zettel.

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TENNESSEE-MIAMI

Titans: WR Cameron Batson, S Kendrick Lewis, LB Rashaan Evans, OLB Harold Landry III, G Aaron Stinnie, T Jack Conklin, TE Anthony Firkser.

Dolphins: QB Luke Falk, QB David Fales, WR DeVante Parker, CB Cornell Armstrong, RB Kalen Ballage, T Zach Sterup, TE Gavin Escobar.

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JACKSONVILLE-NEW YORK GIANTS

Jaguars: WR Rashad Greene St., DT Eli Ankou, OL Chris Reed, OL Josh Walker, OL Will Richardson Jr., DE Dawuane Smoot, DT Michael Bennett.

Giants: LB Olivier Vernon, LB Tae Davis, QB Kyle Lauletta, CB Michael Jordan, C Evan Brown, C Spencer Pulley, S Kamrin Moore.

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SAN FRANCISCO-MINNESOTA

49ers: WR Richie James Jr., LB Malcolm Smith, OL Erik Magnuson, OL Matt Tobin, DT Jullian Taylor, OT Shon Coleman.

Vikings: QB Kyle Sloter, CB Mackensie Alexander, RB Roc Thomas, RB Mike Boone, C Pat Elflein, OL Aviante Collins, DT Jalyn Holmes.

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CINCINNATI-INDIANAPOLIS

Bengals: WR Cody Core, WR Auden Tate, RB Mark Walton, LB Malik Jefferson, OL Christian Westerman, OT Cedric Ogbuehi, DL Josh Tupou

Colts: WR Marcus Johnson, RB Marlon Mack, TE Ryan Hewitt, OL Le’Raven Clark, OL Denzelle Good, OT Anthony Castonzo, DT Hassan Ridgeway

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TAMPA BAY-NEW ORLEANS

Buccaneers: CB Brent Grimes, RB Ronald Jones, OL Mike Liedtke, OL Alex Cappa, WR Justin Watson, DT Vita Vea, OL Adam Gettis

Saints: G Andrus Peat, WR Cameron Meredith, CB P.J. Williams, DT Taylor Stallworth, DL Mitchell Loewen, OL Will Clapp, TE Dan Arnold.

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HOUSTON-NEW ENGLAND

Texans: WR Will Fuller, WR Kyle Coutee, CB Kayvon Webster, LB Duke Ejiofor, OL Kendall Lamm, DE Carlos Watkins, DE Joel Heath.

Patriots: WR Chad Hansen, RB Sony Michel, DB J.C. Jackson, CB Keion Crossen, TE Jacob Hollister, OL Brian Schwenke, DE Derek Rivers.

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NFL ICYMI: Packers, A-Rod say bye to McCarthy; who next?

There's little argument that Aaron Rodgers' talent is such that his Green Bay Packers probably should have won more than one Super Bowl by now.

For quite some time, there have been those who blamed coach Mike McCarthy for the lack of titles more than credited him for steering the team to that

There’s little argument that Aaron Rodgers’ talent is such that his Green Bay Packers probably should have won more than one Super Bowl by now.

For quite some time, there have been those who blamed coach Mike McCarthy for the lack of titles more than credited him for steering the team to that title.

Now the world will find out just what Rodgers and the Packers are capable of without McCarthy, who was fired after a 20-17 loss at home to the lowly Arizona Cardinals on Sunday that dropped Green Bay to 4-7-1, its worst start since 2006. It was an abrupt end for McCarthy — who did win a championship, after all — and rare upheaval for a model franchise that last changed coaches during a season 65 years ago.

It’s likely other coaches who are in trouble around the league will get a chance to ride things out through Week 17, but Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis, Jacksonville’s Doug Marrone, the Jets’ Todd Bowles and Carolina’s Ron Rivera all should be wary. When Rivera was asked whether he’s concerned about his job security after a 24-17 defeat at Tampa Bay dropped the Panthers to 6-6, this was the reply: “I’m not going to address that question. Do not ask that question again, please.”

Alrighty, then.

Rodgers is a two-time NFL MVP, and he was the Super Bowl MVP when the Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the big game in 2011, all under McCarthy.

Year after year more recently, though, Green Bay would reach the postseason only to wind up with so-close-but-so-far exits.

“We’re just not executing well,” Rodgers said, “and it’s the same things over and over.”

Not long after those words were spoken, team president Mark Murphy released a statement announcing that McCarthy was gone. Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin will fill in.

This season is essentially over; the Packers are a half-game out of last place in the NFC North. Now they can start pondering their future — as can McCarthy.

He likely will get another chance elsewhere. Presumably, Rodgers will be given some input on Green Bay’s choice of a new coach. He turned 35 on Sunday, and the opportunities to win a second Lombardi Trophy are fading.

In case you missed it, here are other top topics after the NFL season’s 13th Sunday:

HUNT NOT QUESTIONED

The league’s handling of Kareem Hunt’s role in an assault of a woman at a hotel in February is under scrutiny after the reigning rushing champion said he was never interviewed by anyone conducting the NFL investigation of the matter. After the Ray Rice case, in which he punched his then-girlfriend (and now wife), the league hired additional staff to handle such inquiries — but all these months later, Hunt was still playing until TMZ Sports posted video from a hotel security camera. And he told ESPN on Sunday that the league hadn’t spoken to him about what happened. Hunt also acknowledged lying about it to the Kansas City Chiefs, who released him.

BIG MAN TD TIMES TWO!

It was a good day to be a big man in the NFL (as long as winning isn’t the most important thing, that is). Two, um, larger guys got into the end zone: Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks, listed at more than 330 pounds, plunged in from the 1 for a score that brought back memories of Chicago’s William “The Refrigerator” Perry; Lions offensive lineman Taylor Decker, who goes 6-foot-7 and about 310 pounds, caught an 11-yard TD pass. Hicks became the third NFL player since 1982 with a sack and rushing TD in the same game (“Fridge” was one of the others); Chicago also got halfback Tarik Cohen’s 1-yard, tying touchdown pass off a lateral on the final play of regulation, but ended up losing to the New York Giants 30-27 in OT. Decker’s moment of personal glory also did little for Detroit in what became a 30-16 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, who clinched the NFC West.

THIRD TIME’S A CHARM

Wacky ending to the night game: There were three offsides calls in a row as Chargers kicker Michael Badgley got three tries to make a game-winning field goal — pushing his initial attempt from 39 yards wide left, then getting blocked from 34, before finally succeeding from 29 (so the last flag for a too-early jump was declined) in a 33-30 victory over the Steelers. The Chargers (9-3) erased a 16-point halftime hole; Keenan Allen caught 14 passes for 148 yards and a TD.

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Ex-NFL player Millen in hospital awaiting heart transplant

Ex-NFL player Millen in hospital awaiting heart transplant

Ex-NFL player Millen in hospital awaiting heart transplant

Former NFL linebacker Matt Millen has spent nearly 10 weeks in a New Jersey hospital waiting for a heart transplant and needs one “fairly soon,” according to NBC Sports.

Millen, 60, suffers from amyloidosis, an aggressive organ-attacking disease often misdiagnosed because of its ability to mimic other common ailments, such as Lyme disease.

He has undergone chemotherapy to treat the condition. He said earlier this year that his heart was operating at just 30 percent.

Millen stepped away from his role with the Big Ten Network this fall to concentrate on his health issues.

He has been in the hospital for 68 days and will remain there until he has the transplant, NBC’s Peter King reported Monday.

“We’re in the fourth quarter of a big football game. We’re down 13. Playing defense. It’s getting late. We need a stop. We need a big stop,” Millen told King in May.

Millen won four Super Bowls in a 12-year NFL career with the Raiders, 49ers and Redskins from 1980-91. After a broadcasting stint, he served as team president of the Detroit Lions from 2001-08.

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Ron Rivera takes over defensive play-calling for Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera will take over defensive play calls from coordinator Eric Washington following the team's four-game losing streak.

The Panthers also fired defensive line coach Brady Hoke and assistant secondary/cornerbacks coach Jeff Imamura. The moves were announced after Rivera met with new owner David Tepper and general

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera will take over defensive play calls from coordinator Eric Washington following the team’s four-game losing streak.

The Panthers also fired defensive line coach Brady Hoke and assistant secondary/cornerbacks coach Jeff Imamura. The moves were announced after Rivera met with new owner David Tepper and general manager Marty Hurney on Monday morning.

Washington will remain defensive coordinator but will now oversee the front seven. He was the team’s defensive line coach before being promoted to coordinator this past offseason.

Sam Mills III will lead the defensive line and Rivera will work with Richard Rodgers in the secondary.

Rivera, a former defensive coordinator in Chicago and San Diego, “helped out” with defensive play calls on Sunday against Tampa Bay.

Rivera says, “I am doing what I feel is best for the team.”

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Slumping Panthers fire two defensive assistant coaches

Slumping Panthers fire two defensive assistant coaches

Following their fourth consecutive loss,

Slumping Panthers fire two defensive assistant coaches

Following their fourth consecutive loss, the Carolina Panthers fired two assistant coaches Monday.

Defensive line coach Brady Hoke and assistant secondary/cornerbacks coach Jeff Imamura were relieved of their duties.

The Panthers also announced that head coach Ron Rivera will handle defensive play-calling duties.

Eric Washington will oversee the defensive front seven, Sam Mills III will lead the defensive line and Rivera will work with Richard Rodgers in the secondary.

“In my judgment, I felt this was best for the team moving forward,” Rivera said. “These are always difficult decisions, and I thank Brady and Jeff for their hard work. Ultimately, I’m charged with putting the team in the best position to succeed, and I felt these moves were necessary in order to do that.”

Hoke was in his first season with the Panthers. In the college ranks, he previously served as the interim head coach at Tennessee (2017) and head coach at Michigan (2011-14), San Diego State (2009-10) and Ball State (2003-08).

This was Imamura’s second season with the team after previous coaching stints with the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings.

Carolina (6-6) lost 24-17 at Tampa Bay on Sunday. The Panthers are four games behind New Orleans in the NFC South with four games to play, but they are still alive in the wild card hunt.

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NFL injury notebook: Panthers’ Olsen ruptures plantar fascia

NFL injury notebook: Panthers' Olsen ruptures plantar fascia

Carolina tight

NFL injury notebook: Panthers’ Olsen ruptures plantar fascia

Carolina tight end Greg Olsen ruptured the plantar fascia in his right foot on Sunday, he told reporters following the Panthers’ 24-17 road loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is expected to miss the remainder of the season, per multiple reports.

It is a different injury on the same foot that cost Olsen nine games last season and three games early this season, due to a pair of Jones fractures, one of which required surgery. Olsen opted not to have surgery after the second Jones fracture in Week 1 this season.

“It’s kind of one of those things where it was a matter of time,” Olsen said from his locker following the game. “We kind of pushed this foot I think as far as possible the last two seasons, and today it just kind of had enough.”

The 33-year-old, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, made one grab for 13 yards Sunday, leaving him with game with 27 catches for 291 yards and four touchdowns on the season. He had 17 catches for 191 yards and one score in his abbreviated 2017 campaign.

–Denver cornerback Chris Harris Jr. broke his right leg in the first half of the Broncos’ road win over the Cincinnati Bengals, coach Vance Joseph confirmed after the game.

Joseph said he’s not yet sure if Harris will be out for the rest of the season or if the cornerback will need surgery. Multiple outlets reported the injury is a broken fibula.

Harris went down midway through the first quarter while making a tackle on A.J. Green, and his leg appeared to get hit as teammates converged. He looked to be in significant pain and could not put weight on his right leg while being helped off the field, and he was quickly carted to the locker room.

–Green also left the Broncos-Bengals game, getting carted to the locker room with a right foot injury shortly after Harris’ injury.

Green, who was returning from a three-game absence caused by a toe injury, went down on a non-contact play as he began running a route off the line of scrimmage three minutes into the second quarter. He appeared to be in significant pain and could not put weight on the right foot while being helped off the field. He held his head in his hands while riding back to the locker room on a cart with his shoe off.

Green, 30, had one catch for 7 yards Sunday before getting hurt. For the season, he has 46 catches for 694 yards and six touchdowns in eight games. Cincinnati also lost linebacker Vontaze Burfict to a concussion in the game.

–The Cleveland Browns lost cornerback Denzel Ward (concussion) and defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi (biceps) to injuries against the Houston Texans.

Ward went down in the first half and appeared to be favoring his right arm and shoulder. He was evaluated in the medical tent before being taken to the locker room and ruled out.

Ogunjobi was also hurt in the first half and taken to the medical tent for evaluation, getting ruled out shortly afterward.

–San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters after the 49ers’ loss to the Seattle Seahawks that running back Matt Breida aggravated his ankle injury during pregame warmups.

The comment explains Breida’s limited role, as he had just five carries for 6 yards while Jeff Wilson Jr. had 15 carries for 61 yards. Breida entered the game with 738 yards this season and ranked third in the NFL in yards per carry (5.8).

Breida had been limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday with the ankle issue but practiced in full on Friday.

–The Seahawks lost running back Chris Carson and right guard D.J. Fluker to injury.

Carson told reporters afterward that he dislocated a finger and had it stitched up, adding that he is fine. He finished with 69 yards on 13 carries, while rookie first-rounder Rashaad Penny added 65 yards and a score on seven carries.

Fluker went down with a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter and was quickly ruled out.

–The Minnesota Vikings lost cornerback Trae Waynes to a concussion during their loss to the New England Patriots.

Minnesota’s other starting cornerback, Xavier Rhodes, entered with a hamstring injury and missed much of the game. First-round pick Mike Hughes, the third cornerback entering the season, was lost earlier this season due to a torn ACL.

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NFL roundup: Chargers overtake Steelers

NFL roundup: Chargers overtake Steelers

Rookie Michael

NFL roundup: Chargers overtake Steelers

Rookie Michael Badgley kicked a 29-yard field goal with no time left Sunday night to give the visiting Los Angeles Chargers a 33-30 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

At the game’s end, Badgley missed a 39-yard attempt and had a 34-yard try blocked, both with no time left, but the Steelers were offside both times.

The Chargers (9-3) erased a 16-point halftime deficit to win for the eighth time in nine games. The Steelers (7-4-1) have lost two straight following a six-game win streak.

Philip Rivers threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns for the Chargers. Ben Roethlisberger passed for 281 yards for Pittsburgh, with scoring passes to Antonio Brown (10 catches, 154 yards) and Jaylen Samuels, and James Conner ran for two touchdowns before leaving in the fourth quarter with a lower right leg injury.

Cardinals 20, Packers 17

Green Bay’s home loss to Arizona cost coach Mike McCarthy his job. The Packers (4-7-1) fell at Lambeau Field despite being 14-point favorites over the Cardinals (3-9).

Josh Rosen led the Cardinals to the go-ahead field goal, a 44-yarder by Zane Gonzalez, with 1:41 remaining. On third-and-23 earlier in the drive, Rosen scrambled to his right and found timeless veteran Larry Fitzgerald, who made a diving, 32-yard reception.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers subsequently converted a fourth-and-5 with a 7-yard pass to Jimmy Graham, moved the chains with a completion to Robert Tonyan and gained 11 on a scramble. That got the Packers into field-goal range, but Mason Crosby was wide right from 49 yards out as time expired.

Rams 30, Lions 16

Todd Gurley rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns as Los Angeles clinched the NFC West title by pulling away from host Detroit.

Jared Goff completed 17 of 33 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown for the Rams (11-1) while getting picked off once. Robert Woods caught five passes for 67 yards and a score.

Matthew Stafford completed 20 of 33 passes for 245 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Lions (4-8).

Patriots 24, Vikings 10

Tom Brady threw for 311 yards and the tiebreaking touchdown as New England retained the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoff picture by subduing Minnesota in Foxborough, Mass.

Brady, who completed 24 of 32 passes, found Josh Gordon over the middle for a 24-yard scoring strike with 35 seconds left in the third quarter that made it 17-10. James Develin added his second short scoring run on the next drive for the Patriots (9-3), going 2 yards with 10:54 remaining in the game to set the final margin.

Kirk Cousins completed 32 of 44 passes but for just 201 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions for Minnesota (6-5-1).

Texans 29, Browns 13

Ka’imi Fairbairn kicked five field goals, and host Houston converted all three Baker Mayfield interceptions into points in a victory over Cleveland.

The Texans (9-3) extended their franchise-best winning streak to nine games by capitalizing on the Browns’ error-prone rookie quarterback. By the time Mayfield engineered a 75-yard touchdown drive to open the second half, the Browns (4-7-1) trailed 23-0.

Deshaun Watson completed his opening 11 pass attempts as Houston scored to conclude its first two possessions. Watson passed for 224 yards but was sacked four times. Mayfield opened the second half 10 of 10 for 219 yards and finished 29 of 43 for 397 passing yards and a touchdown pass.

Giants 30, Bears 27 (OT)

Odell Beckham Jr. threw one touchdown pass and caught another score, and New York held on for an overtime win over Chicago in East Rutherford, N.J.

Aldrick Rosas kicked a tiebreaking field goal from 44 yards on the Giants’ first possession of overtime. New York (4-8) then relied on its defense to stop the final drive from the Bears, who forced overtime by erasing a 10-point deficit in the final 75 seconds.

Adam Shaheen, Akiem Hicks and Anthony Miller scored touchdowns for Chicago (8-4), which had its winning streak snapped at five games. Tarik Cohen took the ball on a reverse and tossed a 1-yard touchdown pass to Miller to even the score on the final play of regulation.

Seahawks 43, 49ers 16

Russell Wilson threw four touchdown passes, and Bobby Wagner returned an interception 98 yards for a score as Seattle defeated visiting San Francisco.

The Seahawks (7-5) won their third straight game while the 49ers (2-10) took their third consecutive loss.

Wilson completed 11 of 17 passes for 185 yards. The Seahawks, who have the league’s top rushing offense, added 168 yards on the ground. Chris Carson had 13 carries for 69 yards, and first-round draft pick Rashaad Penny had 65 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.

Buccaneers 24, Panthers 17

Jameis Winston threw two touchdown passes, and host Tampa Bay picked off four passes from Carolina’s Cam Newton.

Winston was 20 of 30 for 249 yards without an interception as the Buccaneers (5-7) avenged a November loss. The Panthers (6-6) lost their fourth game in a row and fell to 1-5 in road games.

Newton finished 28 of 41 for 300 yards and two touchdowns. It was his first four-interception game since his rookie season in 2011.

Chiefs 40, Raiders 33

Patrick Mahomes threw three touchdown passes in the first three quarters and a fourth with 1:54 remaining, allowing Kansas City to build a big lead and then hold off a late rally by host Oakland.

The Chiefs (10-2) put up 30 or more points for the 10th time this season and 40-plus for a fifth time en route to their AFC-best 10th win. Oakland (2-10) joined San Francisco as the NFL’s first 10-loss teams.

Mahomes threw 3- and 6-yard touchdown passes to Travis Kelce and a 13-yarder to Demetrius Harris, the latter building a 33-16 lead with four seconds remaining in the third period. Derek Carr connected on a pair of fourth-quarter TD passes to get Oakland within 33-30 with 6:46 to play before Mahomes drove the Chiefs 75 yards in 10 plays for the clinching score, a 2-yard TD pass to Chris Conley.

Ravens 26, Falcons 16

Baltimore held host Atlanta to 131 net yards and improved to 3-0 with rookie Lamar Jackson at quarterback. Jackson had a 13-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and finished with 125 yards passing and 75 rushing despite missing a good part of the third quarter while being evaluated for a possible concussion.

Tavon Young returned a Matt Ryan fumble on a sack 11 yards for a clinching touchdown midway in the fourth quarter, shortly after Justin Tucker had hit from 47 yards for his fourth field goal of the game.

Baltimore (7-5) rushed for 207 yards while holding Atlanta to 34 on the ground. The Falcons (4-8) took their fourth straight loss.

Titans 26, Jets 22

Corey Davis caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Mariota with 36 seconds remaining as Tennessee rallied from a 16-point deficit to beat New York in Nashville, Tenn.

Mariota completed 20 of 35 passes for 282 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for the Titans (6-6), who snapped a two-game slide. Malcolm Butler sealed the win with an interception with 21 seconds left, and Ryan Succop kicked two fourth-quarter field goals.

Jason Myers kicked five field goals and Trumaine Johnson returned an interception for a touchdown for the Jets (3-9), who lost their sixth consecutive game.

Dolphins 21, Bills 17

Ryan Tannehill tossed three touchdown passes to lead Miami to a win over Buffalo in Miami Gardens, Fla. Former Dolphins tight end Charles Clay dropped a low throw in the end zone with 53 seconds left that would’ve given Buffalo a 23-21 lead.

The Dolphins (6-6) scored the go-ahead touchdown with 8:42 left in the fourth quarter on Tannehill’s 13-yard TD pass to Kenny Stills, who cut across the back of the end zone, running right to left.

Buffalo (4-8) had its two-game win streak snapped despite an impressive game by rookie quarterback Josh Allen, who threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a game-high 135 yards.

Broncos 24, Bengals 10

Phillip Lindsay ran for 157 yards and two scores, fellow rookie Courtland Sutton caught a touchdown pass, and Denver won at Cincinnati.

Case Keenum had just 151 yards passing but led Denver (6-6) to its third straight win and kept the team’s playoff hopes alive.

The Bengals’ Jeff Driskel passed for 236 yards, one touchdown and an interception in his first NFL start. Driskel stepped in for Andy Dalton, who sustained a season-ending thumb injury last week. Cincinnati (5-7) has lost four in a row and six of its last seven.

Jaguars 6, Colts 0

Josh Lambo kicked two field goals, and host Jacksonville’s defense shut down Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis offense.

The Jaguars (4-8) ended a seven-game losing streak at the end of a week that began with the firing of offensive coordinator Nathan Hackett and the benching of quarterback Blake Bortles. The changes, which included quarterbacks coach Scott Milanovich taking over the play calling and Cody Kessler replacing Bortles, didn’t produce much offense, but it didn’t matter.

The Colts (6-6) saw their five-game winning streak end thanks to Lambo. The Jaguars kicker put up a 30-yard field goal with 2:03 left in the first half and added a 37-yarder with 11:42 left in the game.

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Third kick’s the charm: Chargers edge Steelers

Third kick's the charm: Chargers edge Steelers

Third kick’s the charm: Chargers edge Steelers

Rookie Michael Badgley kicked a 29-yard field goal with no time left Sunday night to give the visiting Los Angeles Chargers a 33-30 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

At the game’s end, Badgley missed a 39-yard attempt and had a 34-yard try blocked, both with no time left, but the Steelers were offside both times.

The Chargers (9-3) erased a 16-point halftime deficit to win for the eighth time in nine games. The Steelers (7-4-1) have lost two straight following a six-game win streak.

Philip Rivers was threw for 299 yards, including touchdowns to Travis Benjamin and Keenan Allen, for the Chargers. Los Angeles’ Justin Jackson ran for a touchdown, and Desmond King returned a punt for another.

Ben Roethlisberger passed for 281 yards for Pittsburgh, with scoring passes to Antonio Brown (10 catches, 154 yards) and Jaylen Samuels, and James Conner ran for two touchdowns before leaving in the fourth quarter with a lower right leg injury.

After Badgley missed a 52-yard field goal attempt on the opening drive, Pittsburgh moved 58 yards on four plays. Roethlisberger’s 46-yard pass to Brown set up Conner’s 1-yard scoring run right up the pipe for a 7-0 lead at 9:20 of the first quarter.

Conner added a second 1-yard touchdown run with 4:41 left in the first. Chris Boswell’s extra point attempt hit the left upright, leaving it 13-0.

With 1:04 to go in the first, Rivers hit Benjamin down the right sideline on a 46-yard touchdown to close the gap to 13-7.

L.J. Fort blocked a punt by Los Angeles’ Donnie Jones, setting up a 48-yard field goal by Boswell for a 16-7 lead.

The Steelers drove 91 yards in 1:08 and capped it with Brown’s 28-yard touchdown to boost the lead to 23-7 with 17 seconds left in the first half.

The Chargers cut it to 23-15 when Allen pulled in a 10-yard touchdown pass from Rivers after Steelers defenders Joe Haden and Sean Davis collided. Rivers connected with Antonio Gates for a two-point conversion.

King’s 73-yard punt return and Rivers’ two-point conversion pass to Allen tied it 23-23 with 12:52 left the fourth.

Jackson’s 18-yard scoring run with 8:09 left in the game gave Los Angeles a 30-23 lead, but Samuels’ 10-yard scoring reception with 4:10 left tied it for the Steelers.

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Bills’ Hughes denies yelling at official after game

Bills' Hughes denies yelling at official after game

Bills’ Hughes denies yelling at official after game

The NFL reportedly will review a video that shows Buffalo defensive end Jerry Hughes yelling at a game official after the Bills lost to the Miami Dolphins 21-17 on Sunday, something Hughes himself denied.

Hughes is seen yelling at an unidentified official in the bowels of Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., and heard bellowing, “I’ll catch you.” Hughes is also heard accusing the object of his ire of calling him an expletive.

As another player and a Bills official direct Hughes to the locker room, Hughes is heard saying, “I’m going to knock his … out when I see him. I’m going to hurry up and get dressed. He called me a (expletive).”

Asked after the game if he had confronted an official, Hughes said he did not and did “not recall” an official calling him an expletive during the game.

When told there was video of the episode, he said. “I would love to see this video.”

According to ESPN, the NFL plans to look at the video.

Hughes, a nine-year veteran and former first-round pick, has six sacks this season and 45.5 for his career.

He said he had no problems with the officiating of the game Sunday.

“We had our opportunities to make plays and the ball just rolled in their favor,” he said

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Reports: Chiefs will talk with free agent RBs

Reports: Chiefs will talk with free agent RBs

Reports: Chiefs will talk with free agent RBs

Looking to fill the vacancy left by the sudden release of Kareem Hunt on Friday, the Kansas City Chiefs reportedly will bring in at least one option on Monday.

Free agent running backs C.J. Anderson and Charcandrick West both will visit the Chiefs on Monday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Sunday. Pro Football Talk cited a league source saying that the Chiefs intend to sign Anderson if he passes his physical exam.

Anderson, 27, appeared in nine games for the Carolina Panthers earlier this season before he was released three weeks ago. After signing a one-year, $1.75 million contract with Carolina prior to the season, Anderson produced 104 yards and no touchdowns on 24 carries. He also had one reception, which went for a 24-yard TD.

The Chiefs got a good look at Anderson the previous five years when he played for one of their AFC West rivals, the Denver Broncos. In 58 games (36 starts) for Denver, Anderson ran 717 times for 3,155 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also had 103 catches for 859 yards and four scores.

West, 27, has played four seasons in the NFL, all with the Chiefs, who signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2014. In 49 career games, West has 266 carries for 999 yards and seven touchdowns, plus 75 receptions for 552 yards and five TDs.

Hunt, 23, was cut after a video emerged Friday showing him pushing and kicking a woman in a February incident. He was the team’s leading rusher this season with 824 yards and seven touchdowns on 181 attempts. Last year, Hunt led the NFL with 1,327 rushing yards on 272 carries, and he ran for eight touchdowns.

In his absence Sunday, the Chiefs’ leading ball-carrier was quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who gained 52 yards on nine attempts. Spencer Ware had 14 carries for 47 yards and a touchdown in Kansas City’s 40-33 road win over the Oakland Raiders, and the Chiefs totaled 174 yards on 30 carries.

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Packers flame out against Cards in McCarthy’s finale

Packers flame out against Cards in McCarthy's finale

Packers flame out against Cards in McCarthy’s finale

The Green Bay Packers’ latest crash-and-burn, a 20-17 home loss to the even more lowly Arizona Cardinals, has cost coach Mike McCarthy his job.

The Packers (4-7-1) fell at Lambeau Field despite being 14-point favorites over the Cardinals (3-9).

Josh Rosen led the Cardinals to the go-ahead field goal, a 44-yarder by Zane Gonzalez, with 1:41 remaining. On third-and-23 earlier in the drive, Rosen scrambled to his right and found timeless veteran receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who made a diving, 32-yard reception.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had plenty of time to go for at least a tie, even with the ineptitude the Green Bay offense showed for much of the day. Rodgers converted a fourth-and-5 with a 7-yard pass to tight end Jimmy Graham, moved the chains with a completion to tight end Robert Tonyan and gained 11 on a scramble.

That got the Packers into field-goal range, but Mason Crosby was wide right from 49 yards out as time expired.

The loss was the last straw for the Packers’ front office, which fired embattled Packers coach Mike McCarthy after 13 seasons. Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, who has three-plus years of head-coaching experience from 2012-15 with the Miami Dolphins, will serve as interim head coach.

It was the biggest victory of the season for first-year Arizona coach Steve Wilks, whose only two previous wins came against the San Francisco 49ers.

Rosen was 11 of 26 for 149 yards. David Johnson pounded away for 20 carries and 69 yards.

Arizona took its first lead late in the third quarter.

Starting from its 35, Rosen avoided a sack and ran 33 yards to the Green Bay 32. On the next play, running back Chase Edmonds broke three tackles for a gain of 29 to the 3.

Following a false-start penalty, Edmonds scored from the 8 on the next play to give the Cardinals a 17-10 lead with 1:54 to go in the period.

On the ensuing Green Bay possession, Rodgers hit Randall Cobb for an apparent gain of 36 on third-and-11. Instead, offensive lineman Jason Spriggs — who replaced injured Bryan Bulaga — was flagged for holding. That led to a ninth consecutive third-down failure.

The Packers finally got going on their next possession.

First, they snapped their third-down slump with an 11-yard completion to Davante Adams on third-and-5. Next, a reverse by Marquez Valdes-Scantling gained 21.

Wide receiver Jake Kumerow, a former Division III standout making his NFL debut, then caught a pass for 11 more yards to the Arizona 46. Moments later, Rodgers hit Adams at the sideline for a gain of 19.

Finally, on first-and-goal at the 8, running back Aaron Jones ran over linebacker Haason Reddick, tying the score at 17 with 5:26 remaining in the game.

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Week 14

Yard Rush Pass
Kansas City 5246 1448 3798
Pittsburgh 4965 1117 3848
L.A. Chargers 4793 1502 3291
New England 4741 1460 3281
Indianapolis 4535 1283 3252
Houston 4488 1689 2799
Baltimore 4484 1550 2934

Yard Rush Pass
Kansas City 5246 1448 3798
Pittsburgh 4965 1117 3848
L.A. Chargers 4793 1502 3291
New England 4741 1460 3281
Indianapolis 4535 1283 3252
Houston 4488 1689 2799
Baltimore 4484 1550 2934
Denver 4388 1590 2798
Cleveland 4324 1447 2877
Oakland 4163 1264 2899
Jacksonville 4022 1335 2687
Cincinnati 3976 1140 2836
Tennessee 3722 1352 2370
Miami 3625 1232 2393
N.Y. Jets 3612 1303 2309
Buffalo 3428 1453 1975
DEFENSE
Yard Rush Pass
Baltimore 3380 1047 2333
Buffalo 3530 1284 2246
Jacksonville 3787 1301 2486
Pittsburgh 3947 1205 2742
L.A. Chargers 4019 1248 2771
Tennessee 4091 1437 2654
Houston 4098 1096 3002
Indianapolis 4174 1249 2925
New England 4430 1280 3150
N.Y. Jets 4517 1540 2977
Denver 4593 1465 3128
Oakland 4759 1839 2920
Miami 4793 1736 3057
Cleveland 4953 1637 3316
Kansas City 5004 1464 3540
Cincinnati 5197 1840 3357
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
OFFENSE
Yard Rush Pass
Tampa Bay 5312 1178 4134
L.A. Rams 5279 1673 3606
New Orleans 4759 1529 3230
Green Bay 4567 1268 3299
Atlanta 4531 948 3583
Carolina 4522 1690 2832
San Francisco 4359 1550 2809
Minnesota 4331 1033 3298
Seattle 4239 1786 2453
Chicago 4219 1385 2834
N.Y. Giants 4202 1150 3052
Detroit 4080 1217 2863
Dallas 3982 1579 2403
Philadelphia 3893 1109 2784
Washington 3646 1295 2351
Arizona 2872 1032 1840
DEFENSE
Yard Rush Pass
Chicago 3815 1030 2785
Dallas 3818 1095 2723
Minnesota 3933 1190 2743
Washington 3973 1103 2870
Philadelphia 4181 1140 3041
San Francisco 4185 1298 2887
Green Bay 4222 1534 2688
Carolina 4236 1155 3081
Detroit 4254 1437 2817
New Orleans 4256 905 3351
Arizona 4336 1691 2645
L.A. Rams 4408 1421 2987
Seattle 4409 1401 3008
N.Y. Giants 4532 1499 3033
Atlanta 4730 1568 3162
Tampa Bay 4745 1452 3293
AVERAGE PER GAME
AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
OFFENSE
Yards Rush Pass
Kansas City 437.2 120.7 316.5
Pittsburgh 413.8 93.1 320.7
L.A. Chargers 399.4 125.2 274.2
New England 395.1 121.7 273.4
Indianapolis 377.9 106.9 271.0
Houston 374.0 140.8 233.2
Baltimore 373.7 129.2 244.5
Denver 365.7 132.5 233.2
Cleveland 360.3 120.6 239.8
Oakland 346.9 105.3 241.6
Jacksonville 335.2 111.2 223.9
Cincinnati 331.3 95.0 236.3
Tennessee 310.2 112.7 197.5
Miami 302.1 102.7 199.4
N.Y. Jets 301.0 108.6 192.4
Buffalo 285.7 121.1 164.6
DEFENSE
Yards Rush Pass
Baltimore 281.7 87.2 194.4
Buffalo 294.2 107.0 187.2
Jacksonville 315.6 108.4 207.2
Pittsburgh 328.9 100.4 228.5
L.A. Chargers 334.9 104.0 230.9
Tennessee 340.9 119.8 221.2
Houston 341.5 91.3 250.2
Indianapolis 347.8 104.1 243.8
New England 369.2 106.7 262.5
N.Y. Jets 376.4 128.3 248.1
Denver 382.8 122.1 260.7
Oakland 396.6 153.2 243.3
Miami 399.4 144.7 254.8
Cleveland 412.8 136.4 276.3
Kansas City 417.0 122.0 295.0
Cincinnati 433.1 153.3 279.8
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
OFFENSE
Yards Rush Pass
Tampa Bay 442.7 98.2 344.5
L.A. Rams 439.9 139.4 300.5
New Orleans 396.6 127.4 269.2
Green Bay 380.6 105.7 274.9
Atlanta 377.6 79.0 298.6
Carolina 376.8 140.8 236.0
San Francisco 363.2 129.2 234.1
Minnesota 360.9 86.1 274.8
Philadelphia 353.9 100.8 253.1
Seattle 353.2 148.8 204.4
Chicago 351.6 115.4 236.2
N.Y. Giants 350.2 95.8 254.3
Detroit 340.0 101.4 238.6
Dallas 331.8 131.6 200.2
Washington 331.5 117.7 213.7
Arizona 239.3 86.0 153.3
DEFENSE
Yards Rush Pass
Chicago 317.9 85.8 232.1
Dallas 318.2 91.2 226.9
Minnesota 327.8 99.2 228.6
San Francisco 348.8 108.2 240.6
Green Bay 351.8 127.8 224.0
Carolina 353.0 96.2 256.8
Detroit 354.5 119.8 234.8
New Orleans 354.7 75.4 279.2
Washington 361.2 100.3 260.9
Arizona 361.3 140.9 220.4
L.A. Rams 367.3 118.4 248.9
Seattle 367.4 116.8 250.7
N.Y. Giants 377.7 124.9 252.8
Philadelphia 380.1 103.6 276.5
Atlanta 394.2 130.7 263.5
Tampa Bay 395.4 121.0 274.4

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NFL ICYMI: Packers, A-Rod say ‘bye’ to McCarthy; who next?

There's little argument that Aaron Rodgers' talent is such that his Green Bay Packers probably should have won more than one Super Bowl by now.

For quite some time, there have been those who blamed coach Mike McCarthy for the lack of titles more than credited him for steering the team to that

There’s little argument that Aaron Rodgers’ talent is such that his Green Bay Packers probably should have won more than one Super Bowl by now.

For quite some time, there have been those who blamed coach Mike McCarthy for the lack of titles more than credited him for steering the team to that title.

Now the world will find out just what Rodgers and the Packers are capable of without McCarthy, who was fired after a 20-17 loss at home to the lowly Arizona Cardinals on Sunday that dropped Green Bay to 4-7-1, its worst start since 2006. It was an abrupt end for McCarthy — who did win a championship, after all — and rare upheaval for a model franchise that last changed coaches during a season 75 years ago.

It’s likely other coaches who are in trouble around the league will get a chance to ride things out through Week 17, but Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis, Jacksonville’s Doug Marrone, the Jets’ Todd Bowles and Carolina’s Ron Rivera all should be wary. When Rivera was asked whether he’s concerned about his job security after a 24-17 defeat at Tampa Bay dropped the Panthers to 6-6, this was the reply: “I’m not going to address that question. Do not ask that question again, please.”

Alrighty, then.

Rodgers is a two-time NFL MVP, and he was the Super Bowl MVP when the Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the big game in 2011, all under McCarthy.

Year after year more recently, though, Green Bay would reach the postseason only to wind up with so-close-but-so-far exits.

“We’re just not executing well,” Rodgers said, “and it’s the same things over and over.”

Not long after those words were spoken, team president Mark Murphy released a statement announcing that McCarthy was gone. Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin will fill in.

This season is essentially over; the Packers are a half-game out of last place in the NFC North. Now they can start pondering their future — as can McCarthy.

He likely will get another chance elsewhere. Presumably, Rodgers will be given some input on Green Bay’s choice of a new coach. He turned 35 on Sunday, and the opportunities to win a second Lombardi Trophy are fading.

In case you missed it, here are other top topics after the NFL season’s 13th Sunday:

HUNT NOT QUESTIONED

The league’s handling of Kareem Hunt’s role in an assault of a woman at a hotel in February is under scrutiny after the reigning rushing champion said he was never interviewed by anyone conducting the NFL investigation of the matter. After the Ray Rice case, in which he punched his then-girlfriend (and now wife), the league hired additional staff to handle such inquiries — but all these months later, Hunt was still playing until TMZ Sports posted video from a hotel security camera. And he told ESPN on Sunday that the league hadn’t spoken to him about what happened. Hunt also acknowledged lying about it to the Kansas City Chiefs, who released him.

BIG MAN TD TIMES TWO!

It was a good day to be a big man in the NFL (as long as winning isn’t the most important thing, that is). Two, um, larger guys got into the end zone: Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks, listed at more than 330 pounds, plunged in from the 1 for a score that brought back memories of Chicago’s William “The Refrigerator” Perry; Lions offensive lineman Taylor Decker, who goes 6-foot-7 and about 310 pounds, caught an 11-yard TD pass. Hicks became the third NFL player since 1982 with a sack and rushing TD in the same game (“Fridge” was one of the others); Chicago also got halfback Tarik Cohen’s 1-yard, tying touchdown pass off a lateral on the final play of regulation, but ended up losing to the New York Giants 30-27 in OT. Decker’s moment of personal glory also did little for Detroit in what became a 30-16 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, who clinched the NFC West.

THIRD TIME’S A CHARM

Wacky ending to the night game: There were three offsides calls in a row as Chargers kicker Michael Badgley got three tries to make a game-winning field goal — pushing his initial attempt from 39 yards wide left, then getting blocked from 34, before finally succeeding from 29 (so the last flag for a too-early jump was declined) in a 33-30 victory over the Steelers. The Chargers (9-3) erased a 16-point halftime hole; Keenan Allen caught 14 passes for 148 yards and a TD.

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Column: McCarthy firing as much about culture as performance

When a head coach gets fired during an NFL season, it's as much about the culture of his team as it is about performance.

That was the case in Green Bay, which in a move almost as stunning as its feeble showing against Arizona on Sunday, Mike McCarthy was canned. The same McCarthy

When a head coach gets fired during an NFL season, it’s as much about the culture of his team as it is about performance.

That was the case in Green Bay, which in a move almost as stunning as its feeble showing against Arizona on Sunday, Mike McCarthy was canned. The same McCarthy who was 125-77-2 in almost 13 seasons at the helm. The same McCarthy who guided the Packers to the 2010 championship. The same McCarthy who helped nurture Aaron Rodgers into a seeming shoo-in for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Yet, with what the Packers have become recently and where they appeared headed at 4-7-1 in a season when NFC wild-card berths are up for grabs, it probably was the correct move to let McCarthy go.

The offense, even with Rodgers, has stagnated. The secondary, as it is pretty much every year, is ravaged by injuries. The offensive line is a mess more often than it is a plus.

And the skills of one of the great quarterbacks of his era — an era when offense is paramount for success — are being wasted.

Team president Mark Murphy in a statement said the 2018 season “has not lived up to the expectations and standards of the Green Bay Packers. As a result, I made the difficult decision to relieve Mike McCarthy of his role as head coach, effective immediately.”

“Mike has been a terrific head coach and leader of the Packers for 13 seasons, during which time we experienced a great deal of success on and off the field,” Murphy said.

True. McCarthy also might find himself employed running another team in need of developing a quarterback (Jets? Buccaneers? Browns?) in 2019. For now, though, with the Packers severely underachieving and McCarthy unable to find answers against strong opponents or weak ones, his departure made sense.

“We haven’t played very well,” Rodgers said before being told McCarthy was fired. “We all take part in the disappointments and the failures that we’ve had this season. We’ve had a number of opportunities. It’s not like we’re getting blown out in a bunch of games. We’re in games.

“I hate to repeat myself, but it’s applicable. … We’re not executing the right way.”

Rodgers has never started a game for another coach, and he deserves some input into who replaces McCarthy. Whoever that might be, the least of his problems is quarterback, barring more injuries to Rodgers, who turned 35 on Sunday. Rodgers should have a few excellent years left.

The deeper problems in Green Bay stem from years of injuries to key players, particularly on defense, that approach an epidemic. Is players’ health not being vetted properly before they join the team? Are they not diagnosed or treated properly when they get hurt? Is it bad luck?

The Packers probably need to look into adding some talent through free agency before Rodgers is past his prime. That’s rarely been the approach on the tundra — yes, we know about Reggie White and Julius Peppers — but with Ted Thompson no longer the general manager, perhaps the thinking will change.

In the NFC North, where Chicago is on the rise and Minnesota has more overall talent than Green Bay, a quick infusion of talent is essential.

It would be somewhat ironic if McCarthy surfaced in Cleveland to work with Baker Mayfield. The Browns are the only other team to fire its head man thus far, and it would be surprising if Browns GM John Dorsey, who formerly worked for the Packers, isn’t interested.

The Jets, who lost their sixth in a row in ignominious fashion at Tennessee on Sunday, almost certainly will be letting go of Todd Bowles soon. They also have a rookie QB in need of a guru.

Meanwhile, the Packers begin a search they rarely make. Since 2000, they’ve had two coaches, Mike Sherman and McCarthy.

Joe Philbin is the interim. Whoever is next, Green Bay, make sure Rodgers has a say.

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Rivers rallies Chargers past Steelers 33-30

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Michael Badgley kicked a 29-yard field goal on the final play to lift the Los Angeles Chargers to a 33-30 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night.

Badgley initially missed a 39-yard kick but Pittsburgh was called for offsides. Badgley's ensuing 34-yard attempt was blocked, but the Steelers were

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Michael Badgley kicked a 29-yard field goal on the final play to lift the Los Angeles Chargers to a 33-30 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night.

Badgley initially missed a 39-yard kick but Pittsburgh was called for offsides. Badgley’s ensuing 34-yard attempt was blocked, but the Steelers were again flagged for jumping across the line of scrimmage before the snap. He drilled his third attempt at the game-winner, and the Chargers gleefully declined another Pittsburgh penalty while they poured onto the field in celebration.

Philip Rivers completed 26 of 36 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns for Los Angeles (9-3). Keenan Allen caught 14 passes for 148 yards and a score and Justin Jackson ran for 63 yards and a touchdown in place of injured starter Melvin Gordon. Desmond King added a 73-yard punt return for a score as the Chargers erased a 16-point halftime deficit.

Ben Roethlisberger threw for 281 yards and two scores for the Steelers (7-4-1), who have lost two straight and are now clinging to the AFC North lead over surging Baltimore. Antonio Brown caught 10 passes for a season-high 154 yards and a touchdown. James Conner added 60 yards rushing and two touchdowns before leaving in the fourth quarter with a leg injury.

Rookie Jaylen Samuels replaced Conner and caught a 10-yard touchdown pass with 4:10 remaining that tied the game at 30, leaving Rivers ample time to one-up Roethlisberger, a fellow member of the vaunted 2004 draft class that includes New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.

Rivers calmly led the Chargers 64 yards in 11 plays, including a 12-yard pass to Allen on third-and-4 at the Pittsburgh 34 that pushed Los Angeles close enough to win in the Steel City for just the fourth time in 19 tries while giving the Steelers their first two-game losing streak of the season.

Roethlisberger publicly tweaked Brown following a loss to Denver last week, though the star wide receiver stressed he knew it was nothing personal. It certainly didn’t seem to have an impact on their play. Roethlisberger hit Brown for a 9-yard gain on Pittsburgh’s second play from scrimmage and again for 46 yards on the following snap, a strike that set up the first of Conner’s two 1-yard touchdown runs in the opening quarter.

The Steelers seemed poised for another masterful December performance. Pittsburgh came in 18-3 in December since 2013, the best mark in the NFL over that span.

The Chargers, however, responded thanks in part to a questionable non-call by the officials. Rivers hit a streaking Travis Benjamin for a 46-yard touchdown to get Los Angeles on the board, a play that began with Chargers right tackle Sam Tevi standing up and shuffling his feet backward an instant before the ball was snapped. It marked the second time this season Los Angeles benefited from a non-call on what appeared to be a pre-snap penalty. The Chargers scored a touchdown in Cleveland in October on a play in which left tackle Russell Okung moved before the ball was hiked to Rivers.

A beautiful 28-yard dart from Roethlisberger to Brown pushed Pittsburgh’s lead to 23-7 at the break but Los Angeles ripped off the next 23 points thanks to a bit of luck some dynamic playmaking.

Allen caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Rivers late in the third quarter on a play in which Pittsburgh defensive backs Sean Davis and Joe Haden collided going for the ball, which popped up in the air and landed in squarely in Allen’s hands.

King then dashed 73 yards on a punt return, with Allen pulling in the 2-point conversion that tied the game at 23.

Los Angeles — which managed just two yards rushing in the first half with Austin Ekeler filling in for Gordon — then turned to Jackson. The rookie seventh-round pick used his quickness to squirt through Pittsburgh’s defensive line, and his 18-yard burst up the middle gave the Chargers a 30-23 lead.

INJURIES

Pittsburgh WR Justin Hunter, given a spot on the game-day roster over rookie James Washington, left in the first half and did not return after injuring himself while diving for a Roethlisberger pass in the end zone. … Steelers WR Ryan Switzer was taken to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion after taking a vicious hit by Los Angeles linebacker Jatavis Brown in the fourth quarter.

UP NEXT

Chargers: Host Cincinnati next Sunday.

Steelers: Travel to Oakland to play the Raiders next Sunday. Pittsburgh hasn’t won in Oakland since 1995.

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Chargers-Steelers Stats

L.A. Chargers 7 0 8 18—33
Pittsburgh 13 10 0 7—30
First Quarter

Pit_Conner 1 run (Boswell kick), 9:20.

Pit_Conner 1 run (kick failed), 4:41.

LAC_Benjamin 46 pass from Rivers (Badgley kick), 1:04.

Second Quarter

Pit_FG Boswell 48, 2:40.

Pit_A.Brown 28

L.A. Chargers 7 0 8 18—33
Pittsburgh 13 10 0 7—30
First Quarter

Pit_Conner 1 run (Boswell kick), 9:20.

Pit_Conner 1 run (kick failed), 4:41.

LAC_Benjamin 46 pass from Rivers (Badgley kick), 1:04.

Second Quarter

Pit_FG Boswell 48, 2:40.

Pit_A.Brown 28 pass from Roethlisberger (Boswell kick), :17.

Third Quarter

LAC_K.Allen 10 pass from Rivers (Gates pass from Rivers), 1:43.

Fourth Quarter

LAC_King 73 punt return (K.Allen pass from Rivers), 12:52.

LAC_Jackson 18 run (Badgley kick), 8:09.

Pit_Samuels 10 pass from Roethlisberger (Boswell kick), 4:10.

LAC_FG Badgley 29, :00.

A_61,069.

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LAC Pit
First downs 22 23
Total Net Yards 371 336
Rushes-yards 22-85 17-65
Passing 286 271
Punt Returns 1-73 2-9
Kickoff Returns 1-21 3-47
Interceptions Ret. 1-23 0-0
Comp-Att-Int 26-36-0 29-45-1
Sacked-Yards Lost 2-13 1-10
Punts 4-36.3 4-51.0
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties-Yards 5-80 7-59
Time of Possession 31:12 28:48

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING_Los Angeles, Jackson 8-63, Ekeler 13-21, Benjamin 1-1. Pittsburgh, Conner 15-60, Samuels 2-5.

PASSING_Los Angeles, Rivers 26-36-0-299. Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger 29-45-1-281.

RECEIVING_Los Angeles, K.Allen 14-148, Ekeler 5-22, M.Williams 3-52, Benjamin 2-44, Jackson 1-19, Ty.Williams 1-14. Pittsburgh, A.Brown 10-154, Smith-Schuster 6-49, McDonald 4-28, Samuels 3-20, Conner 3-14, Switzer 2-9, J.James 1-7.

MISSED FIELD GOALS_Los Angeles, Badgley 52.

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The Latest: Steelers lead Chargers 23-15 thru 3 quarters

The Latest from Week 13 of the NFL season (all times Eastern):

10:35 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are in front of the Los Angeles Chargers 23-15 through three quarters.

The Chargers pulled within eight thanks to their second fluky touchdown of the game. Keenan Allen caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Philip Rivers

The Latest from Week 13 of the NFL season (all times Eastern):

10:35 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are in front of the Los Angeles Chargers 23-15 through three quarters.

The Chargers pulled within eight thanks to their second fluky touchdown of the game. Keenan Allen caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Philip Rivers when Pittsburgh defensive backs Sean Davis and Joe Haden collided. The ball popped into the air and the Allen snagged it. Antonio Gates followed with an easy two-point conversion catch. San Diego scored earlier in the game on a 46-yard pass from Rivers to Travis Benjamin on a play that began when right tackle Sam Tevi appeared to move well before the snap.

The Chargers are looking for just their fourth win in 19 trips to the Steel City.

James Conner has run for 53 yards and two scores for Pittsburgh.

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9:55 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have sprinted to a 23-7 halftime lead over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Ben Roethlisberger hit Antonio Brown for a 28-yard touchdown pass 17 seconds before the break to boost Pittsburgh’s advantage to 16 points. Brown has six receptions for 117 yards in the first half, matching his high yardage total on the season. James Conner had two first-quarter rushing touchdowns for the Steelers.

Los Angeles quarterback Philip Rivers went 13 of 20 for 147 yards and a 46-yard touchdown pass to Travis Benjamin.

The Chargers, however, are struggling to run the ball without injured Melvin Gordon. Los Angeles ran the ball nine times for two yards in the opening half.

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9 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are off to a quick 13-7 lead over the Los Angeles Chargers behind two touchdown runs by James Conner.

The Chargers answered with a 46-yard touchdown pass from Philip Rivers to Travis Benjamin on a play that began with Los Angeles right tackle Sam Trevi moving well before the snap, though the officials did not call a penalty.

This is the second time this season the Chargers scored on a play that appeared to have a false start. Rivers hit Tyrell Williams for a 29-yard score in Cleveland in October, a play that stood despite left tackle Russell Okung moving at the snap.

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7:10 p.m.

Vikings receiver Adam Thielen had to be held back by a referee during a shouting match with Patriots coach Bill Belichick in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game.

After Minnesota barely scraped out a first down on fourth-and-1, Belichick challenged the spot of the ball. Thielen was over by the New England sideline and jawing with the Patriots’ coach until one of the officials steered him away from the conflict.

Belichick could be seen on the TV broadcast to be saying something impolite in response.

The call on the field was upheld, giving the Vikings a first down, but the Patriots eventually forced a turnover on downs.

— Jimmy Golen reporting from Foxborough, Massachusetts.

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6:45 p.m.

Tom Brady has tied Peyton Manning for the most touchdown passes in NFL history.

Brady connected with Josh Gordon for a 24-yard score late in the third quarter against Minnesota to give New England a 17-10 lead. It was the 579th career touchdown pass for the Patriots quarterback, including playoffs, tying him with Manning.

It was also Brady’s 508th career regular-season TD pass. He’s tied for third on the career list with Brett Favre. Manning is first with 539.

— Jimmy Golen reporting from Foxborough, Massachusetts.

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6:15 p.m.

Russell Wilson had a quiet first half outside the three touchdown passes he threw to stake the Seattle Seahawks to a 20-3 halftime lead over the San Francisco 49ers.

Wilson completed just one other pass before halftime besides a 4-yard TD to Jaron Brown in the first quarter and second-quarter scoring tosses of 52 yards to Tyler Lockett and 1-yard to Doug Baldwin. According to Sportradar, the four completions were the fewest while throwing three touchdowns in a first half since 1991.

Seattle took advantage of two turnovers by the 49ers, including Jeff Wilson Jr.’s fumble at the Seattle 5 when it appeared San Francisco was about to score. Robbie Gould hit a 45-yard field goal on the final play of the half for San Francisco.

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5:55 p.m.

The Patriots and Vikings had a bonus two-minute warning in the first half.

The clock ran down to 2 minutes after Tom Brady connected with Rob Gronkowski for a 5-yard gain and a first down at the Patriots’ 27.

But Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer successfully challenged the forward progress during the break and the ball was moved back to the 26 for a third down. The clock was reset to 2:28 and New England was stopped short before the real two-minute warning and forced to punt.

There were more shenanigans at the end of the half.

After the Vikings scored to cut the deficit to 10-7, the Patriots took over at their own 35. A short pass across the middle to Gronkowski appeared to run out the clock, and players on the Minnesota sideline began running to the locker room.

But Gronkowski’s forward progress was ruled stopped with 1 second remaining, the Patriots called a timeout and set up for a Hail Mary. Brady dumped it off to James White who ran 42 yards before he met up with the waiting defenders at the 11.

Minnesota cornerback Trae Waynes is out with a concussion. The Vikings were already thin at the position, with No. 1 cornerback Xavier Rhodes nursing a hamstring injury.

— Jimmy Golen reporting from Foxborough, Massachusetts.

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5:35 p.m.

The New York Jets are halfway to possibly ending a five-game losing streak.

The Jets lead the Tennessee Titans 16-6 at halftime thanks to three field goals from Jason Myers and a 31-yard interception return by Trumaine Johnson.

New York blocked a punt to set up one of Myers’ field goals, and Henry Anderson blocked an extra point attempt inside in the final minute of the first half.

Before the Titans finally showed signs of life late in the first half, the home fans booed a team that kept hurting itself in a must-win game to keep any postseason hopes alive.

Jets center Spencer Long is doubtful to return because of illness, leaving New York even lighter on the offensive line. Jonotthan Harrison replaced Long in the second quarter.

The Jets already were down a starter on the offensive line after placing left guard James Carpenter on injured reserve Wednesday with an injured shoulder.

— Teresa M. Walker reporting from Nashville, Tennessee.

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5:20 p.m.

The celebrations by Seattle receivers that have become must-see each week took a cue from famous moment in Seahawks history.

Following Jaron Brown’s 4-yard TD reception in the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers, the group of Seattle receivers re-enacted the famous tip play from now-San Francisco cornerback Richard Sherman in the 2013 NFC championship game against the 49ers.

Late in the fourth quarter of that game, Sherman tipped an end-zone pass from Colin Kaepernick into the arms of Malcolm Smith for an interception that secured Seattle’s berth in the Super Bowl.

Brown was the quarterback for the re-enactment. Baldwin played the role of Sherman, who is facing his former team, and David Moore was in Smith’s role. Smith also plays for the 49ers now.

— Tim Booth reporting from Seattle

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5:05 p.m.

Tom Brady has hit another milestone: 1,000 yards rushing in his career.

Brady hit the mark on a 5-yard scramble in the first quarter Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. The 41-year-old New England quarterback slid to a stop, sat up and signaled for a first down.

Never considered much of a mobile quarterback, it took Brady 19 years and 265 games to reach the 1,000-yard milestone. He has averaged 1.7 yards per carry and 3.8 yards per game. His most prolific season in 2002 when he ran for a total of 110 yards.

Brady could also lose the milestone if there are any kneel-downs at the end of the game.

But that’s OK, the five-time Super Bowl champion and three-time NFL MVP also has more than 69,000 passing yards, fourth-most in league history.

— Jimmy Golen reporting from Foxborough, Massachusetts

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4:25 p.m.

Houston has a nine-game winning streak and a three-game lead in the AFC South with four games remaining.

The Texans stayed hot in a 29-13 win over Cleveland, intercepting Baker Mayfield three times in the first half while building a 23-0 lead in the Heisman Trophy winner’s first Texas homecoming in the NFL.

Houston’s division cushion grew because Indianapolis’ five-game winning streak ended in a 6-0 loss to Jacksonville. The Jaguars stopped a seven-game losing streak that all but buried them a year after reaching the AFC championship game.

Carolina lost its fourth straight game, 24-17 to Tampa Bay. The Panthers failed to gain ground on New Orleans in the NFC South after Dallas ended the Saints’ 10-game winning streak.

The Los Angeles Rams pulled away from Detroit 30-16 to improve to 11-1, while Arizona won its third game and perhaps permanently damaged Green Bay’s playoffs by handing the Packers their first home loss, 20-17.

Denver got back to .500 with a 24-10 win over Cincinnati, the sixth loss in seven games for the Bengals. Baltimore won its third straight following a three-game losing streak with a 26-16 over Atlanta.

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3:45 p.m.

Richard Sherman is back in Seattle.

The San Francisco 49ers cornerback made sure to say hello to handful of former teammates during early warmups at CenturyLink Field before Sunday’s game against the Seahawks.

Sherman talked for several minutes with close friend Doug Baldwin, which was briefly interrupted by Seattle QB Russell Wilson coming over to give a handshake. Sherman said this week he doesn’t “really have a relationship with Russell.”

Sherman also spoke with several team employees before signing a few autographs and heading into the locker room.

Sherman spent his first seven seasons with the Seahawks before being released last March and signing with the 49ers.

— Tim Booth reporting from Seattle.

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3:35 p.m.

Lamar Jackson is back in the game for the Baltimore Ravens.

The quarterback had to come out for a series in the third quarter after sustaining a possible concussion. Robert Griffin III took over and guided the Ravens to a field goal that increased their lead over the Atlanta Falcons to 16-10.

Griffin was 2 of 4 for 21 yards in just his second appearance of the last two seasons. Those were the first passes for the former Washington star since the 2016 season.

Jackson made his third straight start in place of injured starter Joe Flacco.

— Paul Newberry reporting from Atlanta

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3:20 p.m.

Robert Griffin III has taken over at quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens.

The former Washington star came into the game against the Atlanta Falcons midway through the third quarter after Lamar Jackson sustained a possible concussion.

This is only the second appearance of the season — and the last two years — for Griffin.

Jackson was making his third straight start in place of injured starter Joe Flacco. Jackson has completed 11 of 18 passes for 117 yards, to go along with nine carries for 35 yards. One of those carries was a 13-yarder for Baltimore’s only touchdown.

— Paul Newberry reporting from Atlanta.

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3 p.m.

Receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has his second touchdown pass of the season after a little trickery from the New York Giants.

Beckham took a pitch from Eli Manning on a reverse and scrambled briefly before throwing to a wide open Sterling Shepard near the goal line for the 49-yard score that gave the Giants a 17-14 lead over the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears.

Beckham threw a 57-yard touchdown to Saquon Barkley in a 33-31 loss to Carolina in Week 5.

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2:40 p.m.

Baker Mayfield’s first Texas homecoming in the NFL is off to a rough start as the Cleveland Browns try to stop Houston’s eight-game winning streak.

Mayfield threw three interceptions in the first half, one of them returned 38 yards for a touchdown by Zach Cunningham. The Browns trailed the Texans 23-0 at halftime. Mayfield’s high for interceptions in his rookie season had been two.

Cleveland ran just three plays while falling behind 10-0, and Cunningham’s return made it 17-0. The Texans turned Mayfield’s second and third interceptions of the first half into field goals. Jonathan Joseph and Andre Hal had the other interceptions.

Mayfield was born in Austin and played a season at Texas Tech before transferring to Oklahoma and winning the Heisman Trophy. The Browns selected him No. 1 overall in the draft.

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2:25 p.m.

Los Angeles Rams receiver Brandin Cooks is the first player in NFL history with 1,000 yards receiving in three straight years with three different franchises.

Cooks reached the 1,000-yard mark with the Rams in the second quarter against the Detroit Lions. He surpassed the milestone last year with New England and in 2016 in New Orleans. Cooks also had a 1,000-yard season with the Saints in 2015.

Five other players in league history have had 1,000 yards receiving with at least three teams in their careers. Brandon Marshall reached the mark with four teams. Terrell Owens, Randy Moss, Tony Martin and Irving Fryar each did it with three franchises.

Cooks help set up a field goal that gave the Rams a 13-3 halftime lead.

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2:10 p.m.

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has broken Bart Starr’s club record with 295 consecutive pass attempts without an interception.

Rodgers set the mark on a 16-yard completion to Davante Adams early in the second quarter. He later connected with Adams on a 13-yard touchdown for the game’s first points against Arizona.

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2 p.m.

Cincinnati receiver A.J. Green has left the game against Denver after aggravating a right toe injury that had sidelined him the previous three games.

Green had one catch for 7 yards in the first quarter before he getting hurt again early in the second quarter and being taken to the locker room on a cart.

Buffalo center Russell Bodine left the game at Miami in the first quarter with a left leg injury. He limped off the field and was ruled out for the rest of the game.

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1:50 p.m.

The NFL says it will continue to pursue conversations with people involved in the domestic incident that led the Kansas City Chiefs to waive running back Kareem Hunt after video of the incident surfaced.

The league said its investigation has been ongoing since the incident was first reported in February. The statement was released about two hours after Hunt said in an interview on ESPN that the NFL had yet to contact him about it.

The NFL said the video posted by TMZ Sports on Friday had not been available to the league previously.

In the grainy, graphic video, Hunt is seen getting into an argument with a woman and several men step in to hold him back. He later pushes one of the men, knocking down a woman that Hunt admitted he did not know, and eventually kicks her while she lays on the ground.

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1:20 p.m.

There were moments of silence around the NFL for former President George H.W. Bush, including by his hometown Texans two days after Bush died in Houston.

CBS made the unusual move of showing the national anthem and the moment of silence in Houston. Bush was a regular at Texans games and frequently did the coin toss. The team displayed pictures of him at games and with players.

The tributes were held all across the league , with nine games on the early schedule Sunday.

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Aaron Rodgers and the Packers will try to keep fading playoff hopes alive on a snowy Sunday in Green Bay against Arizona and rookie quarterback Josh Rosen.

The Packers have lost four of their past five games, all on the road, and trail Chicago and Minnesota in the NFC North.

Green Bay has three of its final five games at home. The Packers haven’t lost at Lambeau Field, with all four of its wins and a tie. Green Bay also has hope because four of the final five opponents currently have losing records.

The Cardinals are in the running for the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, but are trying to build around the promising young player in Rosen, the 10th pick last spring.

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SCOREBOARD

Monday, Dec. 3.

Washington at Philadelphia, 8:15 p.m. Colt McCoy makes his second start in a row for the Redskins (6-5) since replacing the injured Alex Smith. He had 268 yards passing, two TDs and three INTs last week. Carson Wentz and the defending Super Bowl-champion Eagles (5-6) are a victory away

SCOREBOARD

Monday, Dec. 3.

Washington at Philadelphia, 8:15 p.m. Colt McCoy makes his second start in a row for the Redskins (6-5) since replacing the injured Alex Smith. He had 268 yards passing, two TDs and three INTs last week. Carson Wentz and the defending Super Bowl-champion Eagles (5-6) are a victory away from heading to Dallas next week for a first-place showdown in the NFC East.

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STARS

Passing

— Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs, passed for 295 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in Kansas City’s 40-33 victory at Oakland.

— Russell Wilson, Seahawks, threw three first-half touchdowns on just four completions and finished with four TD passes in Seattle’s 43-16 rout of San Francisco.

— Jameis Winston, Buccaneers, passed for 249 yards and two touchdowns to lead Tampa Bay past Carolina 24-17.

— Tom Brady, Patriots, threw for 311 yards and a touchdown and New England beat Minnesota 24-10.

— Nick Mullens, 49ers, had 414 yards passing with two touchdowns and an interception in San Francisco’s 43-16 loss.

— Derek Carr, Raiders, tossed three TD passes in Oakland’s 40-33 loss to Kansas City.

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Rushing

— Phillip Lindsay, Broncos, ran for a career-high 157 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Denver rolled to its third straight victory, 24-10 over Cincinnati.

— Todd Gurley, Rams, ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns to help Los Angeles beat Detroit 30-16 and clinch the NFC West title for a second straight season.

— Saquon Barkley, Giants, had 125 yards on 24 carries in New York’s 30-27 overtime win over Chicago.

— Josh Allen, Bills, set a franchise record for yards rushing by a quarterback with 135 in Buffalo’s 21-17 loss at Miami.

— Christian McCaffrey, Panthers, ran for 106 yards on 10 carries and had nine catches for 55 yards with a touchdown in Carolina’s 24-17 loss at Tampa Bay.

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Receiving

— Travis Kelce, Chiefs, caught 12 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns in Kansas City’s 40-33 win at Oakland.

— Tarik Cohen, Bears, had 12 catches for 156 yards and the running back also threw a touchdown pass in Chicago’s 30-27 overtime loss to the New York Giants.

— Dante Pettis, 49ers, caught two touchdown passes and finished with five catches for 129 yards in Seattle’s 43-16 loss at Seattle.

— Chris Godwin, Buccaneers, had five receptions for 101 yards and a TD in Tampa Bay’s 24-17 victory over Carolina.

— Jordy Nelson and Jared Cook, Raiders. Nelson caught 10 passes for 97 yards and Cook had seven receptions for 100 yards and a TD in Oakland’s 40-33 loss to Kansas City.

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Special Teams

— Aldrick Rosas, Giants, kicked a 44-yard field goal in overtime and New York beat NFC North-leading Chicago 30-27, snapping the Bears’ five-game winning streak.

— Zane Gonzalez, Cardinals, booted a 44-yard field goal with 1:41 left to lift the Cardinals past Green Bay 20-17.

— Kevin Pierre-Louis and Henry Anderson, Jets. Pierre-Louis blocked a punt in the second quarter of New York’s 26-22 loss at Tennessee, and Henry Anderson blocked an extra-point attempt.

— Ka’imi Fairbairn, Texans, had five field goals and two extra points in Houston’s 29-13 win over Cleveland.

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Defense

— Andrew Adams, Buccaneers, tied a franchise record by having three of Tampa Bay’s four interceptions of Cam Newton in a 24-17 win over Carolina.

— Bobby Wagner, Seahawks, capped a blowout with a franchise-record 98-yard interception return for a touchdown in Seattle’s 43-16 victory over San Francisco.

— Denico Autry, Colts, had three sacks and two forced fumbles in Indianapolis’ 6-0 loss to Jacksonville.

— B.J. Hill and Alec Ogletree, Giants. Hill had three sacks and Ogletree intercepted two passes, scoring on an 8-yard return on the second play from scrimmage, in New York’s 30-27 overtime win over Chicago.

— Aaron Donald, Rams, had two sacks and a forced fumble in Los Angeles’ 30-16 win at Detroit.

— Tavon Young, Ravens, scooped up a fumble and returned it 12 yards for a touchdown in Baltimore’s 26-16 victory at Atlanta.

— Zach Cunningham, Texans, grabbed his first career interception and ran 38 yards for a touchdown in Houston’s 29-13 win over Cleveland.

— Vic Beasley Jr., Falcons, scored on a 74-yard fumble return in Atlanta’s 26-16 loss to Baltimore.

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MILESTONES

Tom Brady completed 24 of 32 passes in New England’s 24-10 win over Minnesota and has 579 touchdown throws, including the playoffs, tying him with Peyton Manning for the most all time. He also has 508 regular-season TD passes, which ties him with Brett Favre on the career list. Manning is first with 539 and Drew Brees has 518. … Bill Belichick earned his 250th victory, including playoffs, as Patriots coach. … Los Angeles receiver Brandin Cooks became the first player in NFL history with 1,000 yards receiving in three straight years with three different franchises. He surpassed 1,000 last year with New England and in 2016 with New Orleans. Cooks also had a 1,000-yard season with the Saints in 2015. … Larry Fitzgerald had three catches in Arizona’s 20-17 win at Green Bay, giving him 1,281 for his career and matching Hall of Famer Jerry Rice for the most in NFL history with one team. … Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston threw two touchdown passes in a 24-17 win over Carolina to move ahead of Josh Freeman as the franchise’s career leader with 81. … Buffalo rookie Josh Allen ran for 135 yards in a 21-17 loss at Miami, setting a franchise record for yards rushing by a quarterback. … The Giants’ Saquon Barkley has 954 rushing yards this season, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer Tuffy Leemans (830 in 1936) for the most by a rookie in franchise history.

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STREAKS & STATS

Houston extended its franchise-record winning streak to nine games with a 29-13 victory over Cleveland. … New England clinched its 18th straight winning season. It’s the second-longest streak in NFL history. The record is held by Dallas at 20 seasons from 1966-85. … Baltimore held Atlanta to just 131 total yards in its third straight win, 26-16. It was Atlanta’s worst offensive showing since a 105-yard effort against San Francisco on Dec. 12, 1999. Matt Ryan was 16 of 26 for 131 yards, the fewest passing yards in a game he played from start to finish in his 11-year career. … Carolina’s Cam Newton has thrown at least two TD passes in 11 straight games, a franchise record. … Miami beat Buffalo 21-17 despite being outgained 415-175. … Jacksonville stopped a seven-game slide with a 6-0 win over Indianapolis, and snapped the Colts’ five-game winning streak. It was the Jaguars’ seventh shutout in franchise history and first at home since beating the New York Jets 41-0 in 2006. … New England’s Tom Brady improved to 5-0 against Minnesota, one of five teams (Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Tampa Bay) he has a perfect regular-season record against.

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CLINCHED

The Los Angeles Rams (11-1) beat Detroit 30-16 to win the NFC West title for the second straight season and move a step closer to earning home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs. They took a one-game lead over New Orleans after the Saints lost to Dallas on Thursday night. It’s a cushion Los Angeles needs because its only loss was against the Saints last month. The Rams have won consecutive division titles for the first time since the 1978-79 seasons.

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SENT PACKING

The Green Bay Packers fired coach Mike McCarthy and made offensive coordinator Joe Philbin the interim head coach. The move announced by team president Mark Murphy came after a stunning 20-17 loss on Sunday to the Arizona Cardinals, dropping Green Bay to 4-7-1. McCarthy was in his 13th season as coach. The Packers won the Super Bowl under McCarthy in the 2010 season. He finishes with a record of 125-77-2.

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SELECT COMPANY

Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes leads the NFL with 41 touchdown passes, joining Peyton Manning (44 in 2004 and 41 in 2013) and Tom Brady (41 in 2007) as the only quarterbacks in league history with at least 40 in their team’s first 12 games of a season. Manning and Brady each were selected Associated Press Most Valuable Players in those seasons. Mahomes has seven games with at least four TD passes this season, the second most in a single season, trailing only Manning (nine games in 2013).

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COLD NORTH

All four teams in the NFC North lost Sunday. Division-leading Chicago was upset by the New York Giants 30-27 in overtime, second-place Minnesota fell 24-10 at New England, third-place Green Bay was stunned 20-17 by Arizona; and last-place Detroit dropped its game to the Los Angeles Rams, 30-16.

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SEE TOM RUN

Tom Brady reached another milestone in New England’s 24-10 win over Minnesota: 1,000 yards rushing in his career. He hit the mark on a 5-yard scramble in the first quarter. He slid to a stop, popped to his knee and signaled for a first down. Never considered much of a mobile quarterback, it took Brady 19 years and 265 games to reach the milestone — the most by a player since the merger. At 41, he is also the oldest player to reach 1,000 career rushing yards since 1970.

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BIG MAC

Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey ran for 106 yards on 10 carries and had nine catches for 55 yards with a touchdown in the Panthers’ 24-17 loss at Tampa Bay. He’s the first player in NFL history to record at least 50 rushing yards and 50 receiving yards in five consecutive games.

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NO JOSHIN’

Buffalo rookie quarterback Josh Allen threw for 231 yards with two touchdowns and rushed for 135 yards — a franchise record for a QB — in the Bills’ 21-17 loss at Miami. He became the fourth player in NFL history with at least two touchdown passes and 125 or more yards rushing in a game, joining Walter Payton (1983 at New Orleans), Tobin Rote (1951 at Detroit) and Michael Vick (2010 at the New York Giants).

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SLOPPY

Cincinnati was penalized eight times in the first half of its 24-10 loss to Denver, its most in an opening half since 2009. The Bengals finished with 12 penalties for 100 yards. … The New York Jets were flagged 11 times for 96 yards in their 26-22 defeat at Tennessee, including three times on the Titans’ final drive with one offsetting. The Titans, who came in as the NFL’s least-penalized team, had eight for 75 yards.

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IT’S TRICKY!

Chicago forced overtime in its 30-27 loss to the New York Giants on a 1-yard touchdown pass from halfback Tarik Cohen to Anthony Miller as time expired in the fourth quarter. Earlier in the game, Bears nose tackle Akiem Hicks dived over the goal line on fourth down from 1 yard on a play reminiscent of William “Refrigerator” Perry in Chicago’s glory days in the mid-1980s. Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. had some trickery of his own, throwing a 49-yard touchdown pass to Russell Shepard. Beckham, who also threw a 57-yard touchdown pass and had a 33-yard touchdown catch against Carolina in Week 5, is the first player since 1924 to record multiple games with a TD pass and TD catch in a single season.

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BAKER’S BROWNOUT

Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield, the top overall pick in this year’s draft, had his worst game of the season, throwing three interceptions in the Browns’ 29-13 loss to Houston. It was the first time since he was a freshman at Texas Tech in 2013 that he had three passes picked off. He entered the game having thrown nine touchdown passes with just one interception in the past three games as the Browns (4-7-1) won consecutive games for the first time since 2014. He finished with 397 yards passing and had a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter after throwing a career-best four in a win over the Bengals last week.

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WINNING FEELING

Jacksonville’s Cody Kessler, who replaced the benched Blake Bortles this week, completed 18 of 24 passes for 150 yards in the Jaguars’ 6-0 victory over Indianapolis — his first win in nine career starts. Kessler was sacked three times but played turnover-free football — barely. He had one interception dropped and managed to wrestle away a fumble of his own. He also was evaluated for a concussion early in the game but returned.

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SIDELINED

Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. Green returned after missing three games with an injured toe on his right foot, but he lasted only one quarter in the Bengals’ 24-10 loss to Denver. Green reinjured the foot while running a route and came off the field for perhaps the last time this season, slamming his helmet on the ground before leaving on a cart. … Denver cornerback Chris Harris Jr. broke his lower right leg in the first quarter of the Broncos’ win. It’s unclear how long he’ll be sidelined with a cracked bone in his lower leg. He’ll have more tests in Denver on Monday. … Carolina tight end Greg Olsen limped off after reinjuring his right foot in the second quarter of the Panthers’ 24-17 loss at Tampa Bay. Olsen said he ruptured his plantar fascia. It’s his third injury to the same foot. … Arizona left guard Mike Iupati was carted off the field in the third quarter with a knee injury against Green Bay. … Cleveland rookie cornerback Denzel Ward left in the first half against Houston with a concussion.

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SPEAKING

“I was on the couch a year ago, so this is a lot better. I was in a lot of pain. So it’s good for us to be winning … This is what it’s supposed to feel like. Honestly, this is how you dream it up.” — Houston’s J.J. Watt after the Texans extended their franchise record with a ninth straight win. Watt missed the last 11 games of last season with a broken leg.

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“He’s a bad boy. For him to be so young, running the ball, throwing the ball, he wants that moment of greatness. Fourth quarter being down, needing a touchdown, it’s scary to see him grow from weeks and months ago.” — Buffalo’s LeSean McCoy on Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen, who set a franchise record for QBs with 135 yards rushing in a 21-17 loss at Miami.

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“He’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen.” Rams quarterback Jared Goff on teammate Aaron Donald, who has an NFL-high 16½ sacks this season after two more in Los Angeles’ 30-16 win at Detroit.

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The Latest: Steelers lead Chargers 23-7 at the half

The Latest from Week 13 of the NFL season (all times Eastern):

9:55 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have sprinted to a 23-7 halftime lead over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Ben Roethlisberger hit Antonio Brown for a 28-yard touchdown pass 17 seconds before the break to boost Pittsburgh's advantage to 16 points. Brown has

The Latest from Week 13 of the NFL season (all times Eastern):

9:55 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have sprinted to a 23-7 halftime lead over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Ben Roethlisberger hit Antonio Brown for a 28-yard touchdown pass 17 seconds before the break to boost Pittsburgh’s advantage to 16 points. Brown has six receptions for 117 yards in the first half, matching his high yardage total on the season. James Conner had two first-quarter rushing touchdowns for the Steelers.

Los Angeles quarterback Philip Rivers went 13 of 20 for 147 yards and a 46-yard touchdown pass to Travis Benjamin.

The Chargers, however, are struggling to run the ball without injured Melvin Gordon. Los Angeles ran the ball nine times for two yards in the opening half.

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9 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are off to a quick 13-7 lead over the Los Angeles Chargers behind two touchdown runs by James Conner.

The Chargers answered with a 46-yard touchdown pass from Philip Rivers to Travis Benjamin on a play that began with Los Angeles right tackle Sam Trevi moving well before the snap, though the officials did not call a penalty.

This is the second time this season the Chargers scored on a play that appeared to have a false start. Rivers hit Tyrell Williams for a 29-yard score in Cleveland in October, a play that stood despite left tackle Russell Okung moving at the snap.

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7:10 p.m.

Vikings receiver Adam Thielen had to be held back by a referee during a shouting match with Patriots coach Bill Belichick in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game.

After Minnesota barely scraped out a first down on fourth-and-1, Belichick challenged the spot of the ball. Thielen was over by the New England sideline and jawing with the Patriots’ coach until one of the officials steered him away from the conflict.

Belichick could be seen on the TV broadcast to be saying something impolite in response.

The call on the field was upheld, giving the Vikings a first down, but the Patriots eventually forced a turnover on downs.

— Jimmy Golen reporting from Foxborough, Massachusetts.

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6:45 p.m.

Tom Brady has tied Peyton Manning for the most touchdown passes in NFL history.

Brady connected with Josh Gordon for a 24-yard score late in the third quarter against Minnesota to give New England a 17-10 lead. It was the 579th career touchdown pass for the Patriots quarterback, including playoffs, tying him with Manning.

It was also Brady’s 508th career regular-season TD pass. He’s tied for third on the career list with Brett Favre. Manning is first with 539.

— Jimmy Golen reporting from Foxborough, Massachusetts.

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6:15 p.m.

Russell Wilson had a quiet first half outside the three touchdown passes he threw to stake the Seattle Seahawks to a 20-3 halftime lead over the San Francisco 49ers.

Wilson completed just one other pass before halftime besides a 4-yard TD to Jaron Brown in the first quarter and second-quarter scoring tosses of 52 yards to Tyler Lockett and 1-yard to Doug Baldwin. According to Sportradar, the four completions were the fewest while throwing three touchdowns in a first half since 1991.

Seattle took advantage of two turnovers by the 49ers, including Jeff Wilson Jr.’s fumble at the Seattle 5 when it appeared San Francisco was about to score. Robbie Gould hit a 45-yard field goal on the final play of the half for San Francisco.

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5:55 p.m.

The Patriots and Vikings had a bonus two-minute warning in the first half.

The clock ran down to 2 minutes after Tom Brady connected with Rob Gronkowski for a 5-yard gain and a first down at the Patriots’ 27.

But Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer successfully challenged the forward progress during the break and the ball was moved back to the 26 for a third down. The clock was reset to 2:28 and New England was stopped short before the real two-minute warning and forced to punt.

There were more shenanigans at the end of the half.

After the Vikings scored to cut the deficit to 10-7, the Patriots took over at their own 35. A short pass across the middle to Gronkowski appeared to run out the clock, and players on the Minnesota sideline began running to the locker room.

But Gronkowski’s forward progress was ruled stopped with 1 second remaining, the Patriots called a timeout and set up for a Hail Mary. Brady dumped it off to James White who ran 42 yards before he met up with the waiting defenders at the 11.

Minnesota cornerback Trae Waynes is out with a concussion. The Vikings were already thin at the position, with No. 1 cornerback Xavier Rhodes nursing a hamstring injury.

— Jimmy Golen reporting from Foxborough, Massachusetts.

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5:35 p.m.

The New York Jets are halfway to possibly ending a five-game losing streak.

The Jets lead the Tennessee Titans 16-6 at halftime thanks to three field goals from Jason Myers and a 31-yard interception return by Trumaine Johnson.

New York blocked a punt to set up one of Myers’ field goals, and Henry Anderson blocked an extra point attempt inside in the final minute of the first half.

Before the Titans finally showed signs of life late in the first half, the home fans booed a team that kept hurting itself in a must-win game to keep any postseason hopes alive.

Jets center Spencer Long is doubtful to return because of illness, leaving New York even lighter on the offensive line. Jonotthan Harrison replaced Long in the second quarter.

The Jets already were down a starter on the offensive line after placing left guard James Carpenter on injured reserve Wednesday with an injured shoulder.

— Teresa M. Walker reporting from Nashville, Tennessee.

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5:20 p.m.

The celebrations by Seattle receivers that have become must-see each week took a cue from famous moment in Seahawks history.

Following Jaron Brown’s 4-yard TD reception in the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers, the group of Seattle receivers re-enacted the famous tip play from now-San Francisco cornerback Richard Sherman in the 2013 NFC championship game against the 49ers.

Late in the fourth quarter of that game, Sherman tipped an end-zone pass from Colin Kaepernick into the arms of Malcolm Smith for an interception that secured Seattle’s berth in the Super Bowl.

Brown was the quarterback for the re-enactment. Baldwin played the role of Sherman, who is facing his former team, and David Moore was in Smith’s role. Smith also plays for the 49ers now.

— Tim Booth reporting from Seattle

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5:05 p.m.

Tom Brady has hit another milestone: 1,000 yards rushing in his career.

Brady hit the mark on a 5-yard scramble in the first quarter Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. The 41-year-old New England quarterback slid to a stop, sat up and signaled for a first down.

Never considered much of a mobile quarterback, it took Brady 19 years and 265 games to reach the 1,000-yard milestone. He has averaged 1.7 yards per carry and 3.8 yards per game. His most prolific season in 2002 when he ran for a total of 110 yards.

Brady could also lose the milestone if there are any kneel-downs at the end of the game.

But that’s OK, the five-time Super Bowl champion and three-time NFL MVP also has more than 69,000 passing yards, fourth-most in league history.

— Jimmy Golen reporting from Foxborough, Massachusetts

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4:25 p.m.

Houston has a nine-game winning streak and a three-game lead in the AFC South with four games remaining.

The Texans stayed hot in a 29-13 win over Cleveland, intercepting Baker Mayfield three times in the first half while building a 23-0 lead in the Heisman Trophy winner’s first Texas homecoming in the NFL.

Houston’s division cushion grew because Indianapolis’ five-game winning streak ended in a 6-0 loss to Jacksonville. The Jaguars stopped a seven-game losing streak that all but buried them a year after reaching the AFC championship game.

Carolina lost its fourth straight game, 24-17 to Tampa Bay. The Panthers failed to gain ground on New Orleans in the NFC South after Dallas ended the Saints’ 10-game winning streak.

The Los Angeles Rams pulled away from Detroit 30-16 to improve to 11-1, while Arizona won its third game and perhaps permanently damaged Green Bay’s playoffs by handing the Packers their first home loss, 20-17.

Denver got back to .500 with a 24-10 win over Cincinnati, the sixth loss in seven games for the Bengals. Baltimore won its third straight following a three-game losing streak with a 26-16 over Atlanta.

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3:45 p.m.

Richard Sherman is back in Seattle.

The San Francisco 49ers cornerback made sure to say hello to handful of former teammates during early warmups at CenturyLink Field before Sunday’s game against the Seahawks.

Sherman talked for several minutes with close friend Doug Baldwin, which was briefly interrupted by Seattle QB Russell Wilson coming over to give a handshake. Sherman said this week he doesn’t “really have a relationship with Russell.”

Sherman also spoke with several team employees before signing a few autographs and heading into the locker room.

Sherman spent his first seven seasons with the Seahawks before being released last March and signing with the 49ers.

— Tim Booth reporting from Seattle.

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3:35 p.m.

Lamar Jackson is back in the game for the Baltimore Ravens.

The quarterback had to come out for a series in the third quarter after sustaining a possible concussion. Robert Griffin III took over and guided the Ravens to a field goal that increased their lead over the Atlanta Falcons to 16-10.

Griffin was 2 of 4 for 21 yards in just his second appearance of the last two seasons. Those were the first passes for the former Washington star since the 2016 season.

Jackson made his third straight start in place of injured starter Joe Flacco.

— Paul Newberry reporting from Atlanta

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3:20 p.m.

Robert Griffin III has taken over at quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens.

The former Washington star came into the game against the Atlanta Falcons midway through the third quarter after Lamar Jackson sustained a possible concussion.

This is only the second appearance of the season — and the last two years — for Griffin.

Jackson was making his third straight start in place of injured starter Joe Flacco. Jackson has completed 11 of 18 passes for 117 yards, to go along with nine carries for 35 yards. One of those carries was a 13-yarder for Baltimore’s only touchdown.

— Paul Newberry reporting from Atlanta.

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3 p.m.

Receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has his second touchdown pass of the season after a little trickery from the New York Giants.

Beckham took a pitch from Eli Manning on a reverse and scrambled briefly before throwing to a wide open Sterling Shepard near the goal line for the 49-yard score that gave the Giants a 17-14 lead over the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears.

Beckham threw a 57-yard touchdown to Saquon Barkley in a 33-31 loss to Carolina in Week 5.

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2:40 p.m.

Baker Mayfield’s first Texas homecoming in the NFL is off to a rough start as the Cleveland Browns try to stop Houston’s eight-game winning streak.

Mayfield threw three interceptions in the first half, one of them returned 38 yards for a touchdown by Zach Cunningham. The Browns trailed the Texans 23-0 at halftime. Mayfield’s high for interceptions in his rookie season had been two.

Cleveland ran just three plays while falling behind 10-0, and Cunningham’s return made it 17-0. The Texans turned Mayfield’s second and third interceptions of the first half into field goals. Jonathan Joseph and Andre Hal had the other interceptions.

Mayfield was born in Austin and played a season at Texas Tech before transferring to Oklahoma and winning the Heisman Trophy. The Browns selected him No. 1 overall in the draft.

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2:25 p.m.

Los Angeles Rams receiver Brandin Cooks is the first player in NFL history with 1,000 yards receiving in three straight years with three different franchises.

Cooks reached the 1,000-yard mark with the Rams in the second quarter against the Detroit Lions. He surpassed the milestone last year with New England and in 2016 in New Orleans. Cooks also had a 1,000-yard season with the Saints in 2015.

Five other players in league history have had 1,000 yards receiving with at least three teams in their careers. Brandon Marshall reached the mark with four teams. Terrell Owens, Randy Moss, Tony Martin and Irving Fryar each did it with three franchises.

Cooks help set up a field goal that gave the Rams a 13-3 halftime lead.

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2:10 p.m.

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has broken Bart Starr’s club record with 295 consecutive pass attempts without an interception.

Rodgers set the mark on a 16-yard completion to Davante Adams early in the second quarter. He later connected with Adams on a 13-yard touchdown for the game’s first points against Arizona.

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2 p.m.

Cincinnati receiver A.J. Green has left the game against Denver after aggravating a right toe injury that had sidelined him the previous three games.

Green had one catch for 7 yards in the first quarter before he getting hurt again early in the second quarter and being taken to the locker room on a cart.

Buffalo center Russell Bodine left the game at Miami in the first quarter with a left leg injury. He limped off the field and was ruled out for the rest of the game.

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1:50 p.m.

The NFL says it will continue to pursue conversations with people involved in the domestic incident that led the Kansas City Chiefs to waive running back Kareem Hunt after video of the incident surfaced.

The league said its investigation has been ongoing since the incident was first reported in February. The statement was released about two hours after Hunt said in an interview on ESPN that the NFL had yet to contact him about it.

The NFL said the video posted by TMZ Sports on Friday had not been available to the league previously.

In the grainy, graphic video, Hunt is seen getting into an argument with a woman and several men step in to hold him back. He later pushes one of the men, knocking down a woman that Hunt admitted he did not know, and eventually kicks her while she lays on the ground.

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1:20 p.m.

There were moments of silence around the NFL for former President George H.W. Bush, including by his hometown Texans two days after Bush died in Houston.

CBS made the unusual move of showing the national anthem and the moment of silence in Houston. Bush was a regular at Texans games and frequently did the coin toss. The team displayed pictures of him at games and with players.

The tributes were held all across the league , with nine games on the early schedule Sunday.

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Aaron Rodgers and the Packers will try to keep fading playoff hopes alive on a snowy Sunday in Green Bay against Arizona and rookie quarterback Josh Rosen.

The Packers have lost four of their past five games, all on the road, and trail Chicago and Minnesota in the NFC North.

Green Bay has three of its final five games at home. The Packers haven’t lost at Lambeau Field, with all four of its wins and a tie. Green Bay also has hope because four of the final five opponents currently have losing records.

The Cardinals are in the running for the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, but are trying to build around the promising young player in Rosen, the 10th pick last spring.

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Sherman’s return to Seattle mostly uneventful in 49ers loss

SEATTLE (AP) — For most of the past 10 years, Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin were inseparable. College teammates at Stanford. Pros together in Seattle.

The first time facing each other as opponents in the pros was going to be noteworthy, no matter how much Sherman tried to downplay the significance before and

SEATTLE (AP) — For most of the past 10 years, Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin were inseparable. College teammates at Stanford. Pros together in Seattle.

The first time facing each other as opponents in the pros was going to be noteworthy, no matter how much Sherman tried to downplay the significance before and after.

“It was just a regular game. It’s just unfortunate we couldn’t have played as well as we could have. Had too many turnovers, gave up too many plays. That’s football and that’s the way things have gone this season,” Sherman said.

The subplot to Sunday’s 43-16 win by the Seattle Seahawks over the San Francisco 49ers was the return of Sherman to the city where he went from an overlooked fifth-round draft pick into becoming one of the elite cornerbacks in the NFL and a Super Bowl champion. He was a beloved star in Seattle, whose career with the Seahawks abruptly ended last March when he was released coming off an Achilles injury that ended his 2017 season early. He left Seattle, found a new home in San Francisco and knew doing so would mean twice a year seeing his former team.

The first reunion was going to be the most awkward, but for the most part it went smoothly. Sherman tried to disassociate himself from the hype surrounding the game, while his former teammates — especially Baldwin — spoke emotionally about missing their friend and now opponent.

Bobby Wagner seemed to be the only one that wanted to have a little fun with the situation, saying he was looking for Sherman on the sideline during his 98-yard interception return in the fourth quarter which led to a little trash talking postgame.

“He was just telling me that I was slow. I was telling him if I’m slow then what does that say about his team? We were just talking trash,” Wagner said. “That’s my brother, it was an amazing time for us to play with each other and to see him on the opposite side in the other jersey — that he looks ugly in — was cool.”

Sherman went through his normal pregame routine that included finding Baldwin and briefly throwing a ball back and forth as they did in Seattle. He spent several minutes talking with Baldwin while also giving a quick handshake and hug to Russell Wilson and speaking with several other Seahawks players and staff.

When the game started, it was mostly a quiet day for the cornerback. Seattle didn’t throw much and the first time Wilson threw his way was the third quarter when Baldwin slipped free from Sherman’s tackle attempt for a 21-yard gain. He also saw Jaron Brown break free from coverage for an 18-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter when the game was already out of hand.

Afterward, he made certain to exchange jerseys with Baldwin on the field.

“I’m not that emotional of a person when it comes to stuff like that,” Sherman said. “We’re obviously good friends and obviously we don’t see each other during the season. We’re going to see each other during the offseason. So it was good seeing him, good seeing his face and get to have a conversation.”

Sherman said he wasn’t paying attention when Seattle’s wide receivers recreated his famous tip play from the 2013 NFC championship game when he deflected an end zone pass by Colin Kaepernick late in the fourth quarter into the arms of Malcolm Smith. The recreation was part of Seattle’s ongoing touchdown celebrations by its wide receivers and was the one Baldwin specifically wanted to do. It just happened to come in the same end zone as the original play — just this time with Baldwin in the role of Sherman in the reenactment.

“He didn’t even know. I wanted it to be a surprise,” Baldwin said. “He knows it’s a tribute and he knows how the guys on this side of the ball feel. He knows how much we love him and how much we miss him.”

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Panthers-Buccaneers Stats

Carolina 7 0 10 0—17
Tampa Bay 10 7 7 0—24
First Quarter

TB_Humphries 3 pass from Winston (Santos kick), 9:46.

TB_FG Santos 35, 6:41.

Car_McCaffrey 8 pass from Newton (Gano kick), 4:14.

Second Quarter

TB_Godwin 13 pass from Winston (Santos

Carolina 7 0 10 0—17
Tampa Bay 10 7 7 0—24
First Quarter

TB_Humphries 3 pass from Winston (Santos kick), 9:46.

TB_FG Santos 35, 6:41.

Car_McCaffrey 8 pass from Newton (Gano kick), 4:14.

Second Quarter

TB_Godwin 13 pass from Winston (Santos kick), :13.

Third Quarter

Car_FG Gano 37, 10:58.

TB_Barber 1 run (Santos kick), 7:23.

Car_Funchess 10 pass from Newton (Gano kick), 2:24.

A_52,568.

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Car TB
First downs 27 18
Total Net Yards 444 315
Rushes-yards 19-168 25-95
Passing 276 220
Punt Returns 3-6 1-0
Kickoff Returns 2-35 0-0
Interceptions Ret. 0-0 4-71
Comp-Att-Int 28-42-4 20-30-0
Sacked-Yards Lost 4-24 4-29
Punts 2-56.5 6-44.5
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-1
Penalties-Yards 7-104 9-69
Time of Possession 30:06 29:54

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING_Carolina, McCaffrey 10-106, Newton 6-33, Moore 2-21, Samuel 1-8. Tampa Bay, Winston 5-48, Barber 16-45, R.Jones 4-2.

PASSING_Carolina, Newton 28-41-4-300, Heinicke 0-1-0-0. Tampa Bay, Winston 20-30-0-249.

RECEIVING_Carolina, McCaffrey 9-55, Samuel 6-88, Thomas 5-46, Moore 4-44, Wright 2-44, Olsen 1-13, Funchess 1-10. Tampa Bay, Humphries 7-61, Godwin 5-101, M.Evans 4-48, Brate 3-36, Cross 1-3.

MISSED FIELD GOALS_None.

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